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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★

    Mother! isn't supposed to be easy. This was made evident by a tweet, which circulated around social media, containing a quote suggesting Mother! failed because you had to Google what it's about afterwards. Whether it's because people thought a journalist said it or because they're outraged a film like this could "fail", it caused quite the tizzy.

    I make no apologies for enjoying Fight Club. If modern life is rubbish for one thing, it's the multiple layers of irony we…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    Fear of the unknown is given too much credit. Anticipation for a climactic reveal works now and then, but sometimes you want to know what the menace is early on. Pennywise is ready for his close up within five minutes, and It is all the better for it. We know what we're dealing with, and we know what we want The Losers' Club to survive.

    It works because of this ghost train-like approach. Danger is lurking around every corner, and…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    The anti-summer Hollywood blockbuster. It's cold, patient, and pensive. It withholds its explosions until the tension has nowhere else to go but all over the war-torn earth. Caesar has led the apes to an inevitable conclusion - a fight to end all fights.

    Rise was a surprisingly enjoyable flick, but Dawn took things to the next level, setting the scene for War. The moral ambiguity, that tortured hopelessness felt by Koba that led to internal conflict, has infected the upper…